Tony Hall
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United Kingdom



Director-General, BBC / President, EBU (as of January 1, 2019)

Tony Hall assumed the top job at the world’s most prestigious public broadcaster in 2013, when its credibility lay in tatters because of a sex-abuse scandal surrounding one of its former presenters. Hall not only managed to assuage political anger and restore public trust in “the Beeb,” one of Britain’s most beloved institutions, but also scored a major victory in charter negotiations with the government, which secured funding for the BBC over the next decade. The BBC continues to churn out hits such as “Peaky Blinders” and “Doctor Who.” In June 2018, Hall was elected president of the European Broadcasting Union, a two-year appointment he’ll take up on Jan.1, 2019.


  • BBC
  • Royal Opera House


  • Oxford University (UK)

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BBC Chief Warns of 'Grand National Error' if More Funding Is Not Found

BBC Chief Warns of 'Grand National Error' if More Funding Is Not Found

BBC chief Tony Hall warned Tuesday that repeated cost-cutting and the growing might of global giants such as Netflix and Amazon were endangering the world’s most prestigious public broadcaster, saying it was doubtful that “what we currently do is sustainable with the resources we have.”The BBC director general called on elected officials and the public to invest more in the BBC - which is funded largely by license fees paid by British households - or else look back in regret...



What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Keep doing new things, reinvent, and always look outwards.”

What or who inspires you?

“David Attenborough – what he has achieved and continues to achieve in broadcasting is truly remarkable.”

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